This week we had some rather unsavoury characters trespassing on our school grounds. They were captured on our CCTV. We decided that they were probably looking for food as they looked rather like the Stone Age people we have been learning about. We were worried that they might have been after our chickens! Unfortunately, we did not get the chance to meet them to ask questions about how they lived but we did get the next best thing, POO!
It was rather disgusting but we were able to investigate and find out about the Stone Age diet by looking at what was in their poo. We now know they ate fish, seeds, nuts and green plants. In fact, it seems that they had a healthy diet.
We thought about how and why people in the Stone Age might have made paintings in caves. Perhaps it was as a good omen for people on a hunt, bringing them luck, or as a way to honour the animals, or to tell a story. We tried making out own paints using berries, turmeric, soil and beetroot and mixing them with oil. Using our fingers, sticks and other found objects, we created our own cave painting scenes. It was a little bit messy, but some of the dyes were really effective!
This term we were lucky enough to have professional wildlife photographer Iain Green come in to do a workshop with Year 3 on wildlife photography. Iain showed us some of his photographs from around the world, and then helped us to explore the school grounds finding exciting ways to photograph the wildlife on our doorstep. It was a fantastic day and we are looking forward to seeing some of our best photographs next term. Some of our pictures are even going to be part of an exhibition at the Bristol museum during the summer.
As part of our Science topic on Plants, we have learnt about the parts of a flowers and their function. We dissected some daffodils and separated out the petals, sepals, stamen, stigma and ovary.
On Red Nose Day we dressed in our own clothes and donated to Comic Relief. We were also lucky to have a visit from an old member of our class and friend.
As part of our topic of Going Green, we had some visitors from Bristol University who were all enthusiastic about taking care of our planet. They talked to us about recycling and reuse, and then we created some piggy banks and photo frames using plastic bottles and cardboard boxes.
Throughout the term, 3JL have produced some outstanding pieces of home learning based on our topics of Going Green, Plants, letter writing, and healthy and sustainable eating. Mr Mason has been shocked to receive several letters informing him of the dinosaur in the chicken coop! Children have been really imaginative in creating models to show the different parts of a plant and making healthy packed lunches. Well done, 3JL, superb effort!
This term in Design and Technology we have been learning about sustainability, seasonality and how to eat healthily. We designed and made some savoury cheese and herb scones. They were delicious!
Our Term topic is Whitchurch Time Travellers and we have been learning what Whitchurch used to be like long ago and through the ages up until present day. There are really ancient features like the Iron Age hill fort on Maes Knoll, and the supposed Roman Villa. We have learned that Bridge Farm School used to be a farm and the farm house was the building that is now the Folk House pub. There are several old farm house buildings still standing. To find clues about the history of Whitchurch, we went on a walk from the school down to Whitchurch village. As well as the farm buildings and old cottages, we looked at the church and the building that used to be the poor house. It was a lovely, sunny afternoon and everyone thoroughly enjoyed our walk!
This term in Literacy we have explored explanation texts. First, we learnt about the different features and practiced using time adverbs to help order and causal conjunctions to explain how and why.
We invented our own time machines and wrote technical, detailed and inventive explanation texts explaining how our amazing time machines work.
Our Science topic this term is Animals including Humans. We have been learning about bones, skeletons and muscles, and how all of these things work together so that we can move. We created a working model of a hand with straws for the bones of the fingers and strings to represent the muscles. When you pull the strings, the fingers bend.
To start off our topic about The Polar Express, and tying into our Geography topic about Norway, we created some artwork inspired by the Northern Lights. We learned that you only see the Northern Lights in places that are very far North, where it is also normally snowy and cold. We created the artwork using pastels, smudged with a finger to create the swooshing, shimmering appearance of the Northern Lights.
As the finale of our Science topic on Forces in Term 1, we learned about how thrust pushes rockets into the air and how forces always have an opposite force in the other direction. Miss Lockyear made a bottle rocket and set it off in the field to demonstrate the idea! It was a big success and it shot up really high!
In Geography we are going on a Journey through Europe, stopping off in Greece, Austria and Norway and learning about aspects of these fascinating countries. We learned about the physical geography of these places and how they are all very different: Greece has lots of islands, Austria has the highest mountains and Norway is famous for fjords. We created these landscaped out of plasticine.
On Wednesday, 14th November we met some medical students from the University of Bristol. They told us lots of interesting facts about the body and they showed us how to find our pulse and we felt it get faster after a quick run on the spot. We learned how to use some medical equipment including a stethoscope and learned how to test our reflex actions! It was great fun!
Our Science topic this term is Light, Shadows and Reflection. Using torches and lots of different shaped objects, we investigated how the shape and size of a shadow changes depending on where the light source is positioned. We also learnt that a shadow formed when an object blocks light.
As part of our Science topic on Forces and Magnets, we did an experiment to find out which surface causes the most friction between table top, carpet, cling film, silver foil and sandpaper. To find out we rolled a car down a ramp onto the different surfaces and measured how far it went. The further it went, the less friction the surface causes.
To learn the continents and oceans as part of Geography, we looked at where they all were on Google Earth and then tested our memories with a game! In groups of 3, we had to collect a label for a continent or ocean and then place it in the correct place on a world map, before getting another one. Miss Lockyear and Miss Courtice told us how many were right, but not which ones, so we had to keep trying until we got it right.